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Monthly Archives: September 2015

  • Discover Tuscany

    Have you ever wanted to savor gelato in the streets of Florence or sample world-renowned wines in the hills of the Chianti region? Now is your chance with Collette’s Discover Tuscany tour!

  • Design Retreats - The Antidote for Art and Design Addicts

    Lisa Johnson Mandell just returned from a very different kind of travel experience. She participated in Grania Murray's Design Retreat where she experienced the aesthetic side of Ireland by way of world renowned artists and designers living on the Emerald Isle.

  • Florida Beach Jewel - Delray Sands Resort: Highland Beach, Florida

    Florida never ceases to amaze me – somehow there is always a new area or beach to explore that I want to share with my fellow Baby Boomers. I found just such a place in South Florida, near Delray, in Highland Beach. The hotel, the Delray Sands Resort, is located in a residential area on a private beach called Highland Beach – who knew?  Well, we all do now! It used to be a Holiday Inn and has been completely renovated.

  • 9 Tips for Traveling with Kids and Aging Parents

    With the Baby Boomers increasingly choosing to vacation with their children and grandchildren, the odds are good that a multigenerational vacation is in your future  Although these shared experiences provide opportunities to connect with family members, traveling with both your kids and your aging parents at the same time poses unique challenges. Here are nine tips to help you take a multigenerational vacation that you can all enjoy together.

  • Harvest Time at the Biltmore Estate

    If you drive through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville North Carolina you may begin to see signs for the Biltmore Estates.  This is one of the largest privately owned homes in the United States, as is famous for both its residence and the location.  Many movies, TV shows and commercials have been filmed inside the home and around the entire estate.

  • Best of China

    Embark on the journey of a lifetime and join a Collette Best of China tour today! Experience the bustling culture, fascinating history, distinctive cuisine, and scenic beauty China has to offer.

  • The Queen Mary 2 Voyage - Everything You Hoped for in Luxury Cruising: Part 3

    The everyday food onboard ship is absolutely amazing!  Kudos to the Executive Chef, his sous-Chefs, and “the lines”,  plus all the kitchen workers who so diligently produced fine food at every meal.  Breakfast is a wonderful mixture of choices – the traditional English fare, solid, well cooked and tasty (bacon being the biggest treat it seemed!).  There were the Continental breakfasts more on the French style, and then the hearty German ones laden with processed meats and cheeses.  It seemed that everyone subscribed to the English tradition of eating a hearty breakfast to set you up for the rest of the day.

  • Strangers Now Sleep In My Bed

    How My Travels Influenced My Decision to Become a Homestay Host.

  • The Malecon – Sea Wall Drive

    There is a very characteristic thoroughfare in Havana. It extends for five miles along the ocean front, looking out to the Florida Straits and the Great Blue River, also known as The Gulf Stream; between La Punta, where Paseo del Prado starts, and the Torreon de La Chorrera, at the mouth of Almendares River. It is the Malecón or Sea Wall Drive.

  • Cadiz, Andalusia: Link to the New World

    For those of you who love Espana, together we have ventured out to Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Seville, and the Costa del Sol. I would like to entice you to venture down to the Andalusian area of Spain – you will fall in love with this area as it has breathtaking beaches, perfect year around temperatures and many archaeological and historical sites for those history aficionados!  The best kept secret is that one can own their own hideaway – i.e. retirement home at a fraction of the cost in the U.S.

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